meet eeabroad's experienced and passionate global educators

Claire Kelly

Founder and Director

Claire’s parents met on a year-long expedition around the world, so she often says that her travel bug is genetic. Since graduating from Gettysburg College, she has independently traveled to over 30 countries. In Argentina, she worked for a local television production company and in Spain, she completed her M.A. in Spanish linguistics (Middlebury College). Over the past four years, Claire has coordinated the cultural travel of more than 1,600 participants to Cuba.  When she isn’t in the office or on the road attending to present and designing future programs, she’s out on the water in her kayak or hiking in the hills of western Massachusetts.


Gisella Casasnovas

Program Administrator

Gisella's passion for study abroad began when she spent a year in Italy while earning her B.A. in Italian and Art History. She  attended graduate school at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Embassy of Italy before  entering the field of International Education. Over the last decade, Gisella has worked at universities in Florida, New York and Washington, as well for study abroad program providers.  In her free time you will find Gisella outside exploring and enjoying the nature of New England.


Sira Vidal

Cuba Country Director

For over 15 years, Sira has exposed visitors to the magic of Cuba through educational  exchange experiences. Sira graduated from the University of Havana with a B.A. in English Language. After serving as a translator for two years, she returned to the University of Havana,  where she led academic exchange programs for American universities. Over the years, she has worked as a tour leader and Cuba program manager for several U.S. organizations. She has also worked for several music events in Cuba including the international music fair “Cubadisco”, the Havana International Jazz Festival “Jazz Plaza”, and The Rolling Stones Havana Concert in March 2016.


Alejandro Murillo

Cuba Program Manager

Alejandro grew up listening to both his father’s travel tales of sleeping in the vineyards of Southern France and his mother’s 1970’s Salsa LP records - its no wonder he cultivated a passion for travel and music early on. After backpacking extensively internationally, Alejandro first visited Cuba in 2010 and has since spent a combined three years working, studying, and living in Cuba. In 2014, he studied as a vocalist at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba and also holds a degree in Ethnomusicology from Goddard College. Alejandro has a particular interest in the island’s African heritage and is known to frequent establishments featuring Havana’s most talented musicians and dancers.

Academic Advisory Board

The EEAbroad Academic Advisory Board members provide guidance and contribute to the development and academic quality of EEAbroad programming. Members of the Board have experience in developing and organizing study abroad programming. 


Jeanie Murphy

Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Goucher College


Mercedes Fernández Isla

Faculty Member
Middlebury College, School in Spain


Michael W. dean

Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad
Old Dominion University